Fettucine with lemon and vodka sauce

Ingredients

Fettucine
4 quarts – water
2 tbsp kosher salt
1 lb fettucine
sauce
2 lg lemons – rind washed
1 cup heavy cream

1/4 cup vodka
1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper
1/4 cup parsley, chopped for garnish
3/4 cup parmesan fresh grated, for serving
cooked scallops (optional)
cooked asparagus (optional)

How to prepare

Bring the water to a boil, add the salt, and cook the pasta at a rapid boil until ‘al dente’, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain. While the pasta cooks, prepare the sauce. Finely grate the rind of 1 lemon, then squeeze the juice out of this lemon and reserve. Combine the cream and vodka in a 10-” skillet and simmer for 5 minutes, or until the sauce thickens a little. Add the lemon juice and rind to the hot sauce and cook for 1 minute, stirring. Add the drained hot pasta to the sauce and toss. Season with pepper, garnish with parsley, and serve immediately on warmed plates. Serve the parmesan separately. Variations: add cooked scallops, and/or cooked asparagus, cut in 1″ pieces, into the sauce, just before tossing with pasta.

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Egg noodles – makaron

Ingredients

1 large egg
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup flour
1/2 egg shell of water

How to prepare

Mound four on a board. Make hole in center, drop in egg and salt. Mix with knife and add water. Knead until dough is smooth. Flour the board and roll out very thin. Place sheet of dough on a cloth and let dry until not the least sticky and yet not too brittle to handle. Sprinkle the sheet well with flour, fold into a tight roll. Slice the roll in thin threads, toss the threads up lightly on board to dry. Boil in salted water until the noodles rise to the top. Strain and give them a cold water bath. This is a small recipe but egg noodles may be made in quantity and stored in a covered jar.

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Pasta with tomatoes, pine nuts & artichoke hearts

Ingredients

1/4 cups olive oil
1/2 cup pine nuts
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 large tomatoes, seeded and chopped
2 6-oz jars marinated artichoke hearts, drained
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil

2 tsp chopped fresh oregano or 1/2 tsp dried, crumbled
salt and pepper
9 oz angel hair pasta, freshly cooked
grated parmesan

How to prepare

Heat oil in heavy medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add pine nuts and garlic and saut

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Linguine with roasted vegetables

Ingredients

1 lb linguine
1 cup chicken stock
10 lg cloves garlic, cut in half
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 lb cherry tomatoes, cut in half
1 lb asparagus, cut into 2″ lengths
1/2 lb zucchini cut into 2″ pieces
1/2 lb summer squash cut into 2″ pieces
1 large red bell pepper, cut into chunks
8 med scallions, white parts only, cut into 2″ lengths
1 tbsp olive oil
salt and ground black pepper to taste

How to prepare

Preheat oven to 450

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Pasta salad with smoked salmon

Ingredients

Marinade
1 cup balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
3 tbsp grainy mustard
1/2 tsp hot pepper sauce
salt and freshly cracked pepper
1 lb small pasta shells, cooked
1 cup fresh parsley, finely minced
1 cup green onions, sliced 1/4″ long
1/4 cup fresh baby dill, finely chopped
1/2 lb smoked salmon, sliced very thin and into strips
1 small cucumber, sliced paper-thin

How to prepare

In a large bowl, whisk together marinade ingredients. Add pasta and toss. Cover and set aside at room temperature for about 30 minutes. Toss in parsley, onions and dill. Carefully add salmon, being careful not to break up the julienne strips. Garnish six or eight serving dishes with cucumber slices by making a circle around outer edge of dish. Place salad on a mound in center of dish. Makes 6 to 8 servings

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Fettucine frittata with prosciutto

Ingredients

1 small onion, sliced thin
6 tbsp unsalted butter
1/2 lb fettucine
1/4 lb thinly sliced prosciutto, chopped
1/3 cup walnuts, chopped coarse
1 cup coarsely grated emmenthal cheese (about 3 ounces)

1/3 cup fresh italian parsley, minced
4 large eggs, beaten lightly

How to prepare

In a 12″ non-stick skillet cook onion in 3 tbsp of butter over low heat, stirring occasionally, 10 minutes, or until softened but not browned. In a kettle of salted boiling water cook fettucine until al dente and drain. In a large bowl toss fettucine with onion, prosciutto, walnuts, cheese, parsley, and salt and pepper to taste and cool 2 minutes. Add eggs and combine well. In skillet heat remaining 3 tbsp butter over moderately high heat until foam subsides. Add pasta mixture and with 2 forks spread evenly. Reduce heat to moderate and cook frittata 3 minutes. Shift skillet so that one fourth of frittata is directly over center of burner and cook 1 1/2 minutes. Shift skillet 3 more times, cooking remaining fourths in same manner. Put a heat proof platter over skillet and invert frittata onto it. Slide frittata, browned side up, back into skillet and cook other side in same manner. Slide frittata onto platter and cool to room temperature. Serve frittata cut into wedges. Serves 6 to 8.

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Peas, bacon, and ricotta sauce for pasta

Ingredients

1 lb fresh, young peas unshelled weight, or 1/2 of a 10 oz package of tiny frozen peas, thawed
1/4 lb bacon, lean, slab bacon
Salt
1/4 lb fresh ricotta
1 tbsp butter
1/3 cup freshly grated parmigiano-reggiano cheese, plus additional cheese at table
Black pepper, ground fresh
1 lb pasta fusilli or rigatoni

How to prepare

1 if using fresh peas: shell them, discard the pods, rinse them in cold water, and cook them in a sm amount of simmering water until they are just tender the time varies greatly depending on the freshness and youth of the peas if using thawed frozen peas: begin the sauce at step 2
2 cut the bacon into short, narrow strips put it into a sm saut

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Red beans & rice with pickled pork

Ingredients

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1/2 cup whole mustard seed
1 tbsp celery seed 2 bay leaves
6 cloves garlic, chopped
1 tbsp kosher salt
12 peppercorns
2 tbsp tabasco

1 quart white vinegar
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1 lb red beans, soaked overnight
1 yellow onion, chopped
1 bunch green onion, chopped
7 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 cup parsley, chopped

1 stalk celery, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
1 bay leaf
1 tsp thyme
1 tbsp worcestershire sauce
2 tsp tabasco
1/2 cup tomato catsup
1 lb smoked sausage, thick sliced
1 lb pickled pork (see above), rinsed water to cover

How to prepare

To make pickled pork: combine the above and boil three minutes. Cool to room temperature. Add up to 2 lb of cubed pork butt, place in non-metallic bowl and refrigerate, covered, for three or more days.
To make red beans: combine above in a pot and cook covered on medium heat about 1-1/2 hours. Serve over rice.

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Vermicelli frittata with eggplant

Ingredients

1 lb eggplant, trimmed
1 tbsp salt
3 garlic cloves, minced
6 tbsp olive oil
1 red bell pepper, cut into small dice
1/2 cup brine-cured black olives such as gaeta, pitted and cut into slivers

1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh basil leaves
1/2 lb vermicelli
4 large eggs, beaten lightly

How to prepare

Cut eggplant into 1/4″ dice and sprinkle with the salt. Drain eggplant, weighted with a plate topped by several cans, in a colander 45 minutes. Rinse eggplant well and squeeze dry by handfuls. Drain eggplant on paper towels. In a heavy skillet cook garlic in 3 tbsp of oil over moderate heat, stirring, until golden. Add bell pepper and cook, covered, until softened. Add eggplant and cook 10 minutes, or until eggplant is tender. Stir in olives and basil. In a kettle of salted boiling water cook vermicelli until al dente and drain. In a large bowl toss vermicelli with eggplant mixture and salt and pepper to taste and cool 2 minutes. Add eggs and combine well. In a 12″ non-stick skillet heat remaining 3 tbsp oil over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking. Add pasta mixture and with 2 forks spread evenly. Reduce heat to moderate and cook frittata 3 minutes. Shift skillet so that one fourth of frittata is directly over center of burner and cook 1 1/2 minutes. Shift skillet 3 more times, cooking remaining fourths in same manner. Put a heat proof platter over skillet and invert frittata onto it. Slide frittata, browned side up, back into skillet and cook other side in same manner. Slide frittata onto platter and cool to room temperature. Serve frittata cut into wedges. Serves 6 to 8.

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Cajun shrimp pasta

Ingredients

2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 onion, chopped
1/2 tsp thyme
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp basil
1 tbsp chopped garlic
1 tbsp worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp tabasco sauce
2 cup diced peeled and seeded tomatoes
2 tbsp sugar
1/2 cup green onions, chopped
3 cup chicken or shrimp stock
1 lb vermicelli pasta or linguine
1 lb fresh shrimp, peeled and deveined (can substitute chicken)
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

How to prepare

Saut

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